For Ph.D. students and postdocs, a strong network is be one of your most important assets. In fact, the Office of Career Strategy recommends that you spend a significant portion of your career development efforts to make professional connections with alums and other practitioners in your areas of interest. Networking gives you an opportunity to:
- Get an insider's view into careers, job functions and workplace cultures
- Build your team of mentors
- Improve your communications and interviewing skills
- Get on the inside track to hiring decisions; numerous studies report that the percentage of jobs gotten through connections or referrals is surprisingly high.
Networking is a valuable exercise at any stage of your program. A professional network cannot be built overnight! Start by reading our tips on networking and informational interviewing, and use the resources on this page to identify and connect with professionals knowledgeable about your career interests. Be sure to take advantage of opportunities to meet alums and employers at campus events.